Ross UMC serves community by hosting football season 'kickoff dinner' for Dyersburg High School

published 8/28/2017
Ross United Methodist Church (UMC) in Dyersburg, Tennessee, joined with the Quarterback Club of the Dyersburg High School Booster Club to host a "kick-off dinner" for the school’s football team and supporters. The event took place Aug. 15 at the church with Brandon Shields, sports editor and lead high school football writer for The Jackson Sun newspaper, as the speaker.   More than 140 boosters, students, community leaders, school administrators, players, cheerleaders, and dance team members ...

Don't miss deadlines to register for upcoming lay servant classes around the Memphis Conference

published 8/25/2017
September 15 is the deadline to register for Tennessee River District's Sept. 30 lay servant classes in Lexington, Paris and Selmer, TN | DETAILS September 18 is the deadline to register for Metro District's Sept. 26 and 30 lay servant classes in Memphis, TN | DETAILS September 20 is the deadline to register for Purchase District's Sept. 29-30 lay servant classes in Benton, KY | DETAILS November 1 is the deadline to register for Mississippi River District's Nov. 10-11 Fall Lay Servant Training ...

Purchase Dist. to offer Sept. 29-30 lay servant class

published 8/24/2017
The Purchase District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church will offer a two-day Basic Lay Servant Training Sept. 29-30 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Benton, Kentucky. Sept. 20 is the deadline to register. An Advanced Course is being planned for later this fall. For more information, click on links below:  Complete Details | Flyer | Bulletin insert | PowerPoint Questions? Contact Kim Morrison at the Purchase District Office.  

Tennessee River District to offer basic & advanced lay servant classes at three locations on Sept. 30

published 8/23/2017
The Tennessee River District will offer basic and advanced lay servant classes at three different locations on Saturday, Sept. 30: Lexington, Tennesee: Lexington First United Methodist Church Paris, Tennessee: Paris First United Methodist Church Selmer, Tennessee: Selmer First United Methodist Church CLICK HERE for complete information and registration form. Questions? Contact Elyse Bell in the Tennessee River District Office.

Lone Oak UMC's 'Solar Eclipse Event' welcomed nearly 200 guests, most with 'no ties' to the church

published 8/22/2017
Nearly 200 guests visited Lone Oak United Methodist Church on Aug. 21 and most had no previous ties to the church. That’s according to Rev. Jason W. Jones, pastor of the Paducah, Kentucky, church that opened its doors and grounds for a Solar Eclipse Event that offered free viewing glasses, free refreshments and, of course, free admission. Monday, Aug. 21, was the date of a rare solar eclipse and Paducah was in the path of total darkness. The idea for the event, bragged Jones, “emanated from ...

Alexander, Matamoros and Collins receive 2017 Denman Evangelism Awards at Memphis Annual Conference in June in Collierville

published 8/21/2017
By John B. Vaught Three Memphis Conference members received the 2017 Harry Denman Evangelism Award during the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference, hosted in Collierville, Tennessee, June 4-6. Dr. David Russell, Memphis Conference chair of evangelism, presented the awards, with categories in laity, clergy and youth. The award, established by the Foundation for Evangelism over 30 years ago, celebrates Conference members that demonstrate exceptional efforts of Wesleyan evangelism in their ...

Deaconess Carolyn Lawhorn shares Anderson family 'God story' from Wesley Chapel UMC

published 8/21/2017
By Deaconess Carolyn Lawhorn, Wesley Chapel UMC, Jackson, TN Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you.    Exodus23:25  NIV  The warm days of summer bring about many outdoor activities that include cookouts, family reunions and church homecomings. Many of us take for granted the simple blessings of good health that allow us to participate and attend these gatherings. Not so with the Anderson family of Wesley Chapel ...

Four from Memphis Conference traveled to Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in July to participate in 'Congo Women Arise' initiative

published 8/21/2017
By Rev. Neelley Hicks We are more than we were before, yet a piece of us was left behind. Eight people from the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences (Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church) traveled to Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, July 12-26, to participate in Congo Women Arise – the United Methodist Church initiative that combats stigma due to rape in East Congo, Africa. The team included Rev. Randy Cooper, Rev. Neelley Hicks, Rev. Don Spencer, Erin Bell, Michaela ...

Geary heard reports and learned best practices at meeting of SEJ directors of connectional ministries

published 8/21/2017
Dr. Joe Geary, director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference, attended the annual meeting of Southeastern Jurisdiction Directors of Connectional Ministries, Aug. 13-16, in Atlanta, Georgia. The group met at the offices of the North Georgia Conference.   The United Methodist group heard a progress report concerning the Commision on a Way Forward, shared best practices for budgeting, nominations, disaster relief, communications, campus ministries and other areas related to their ...

Lone Oak UMC's Aug. 6 'Blessing of the Backpacks' results in 'unexpected generosity' from young trio

published 8/21/2017
Lone Oak United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, hosted a Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, Aug. 6, after which the church’s pastor, Rev. Jason W. Jones, posted on his Facebook page:   “It would be almost impossible to enumerate the ways and places in which we saw Christ… From the smile on the face of a child told she could pick out any backpack she wanted to the joyful exclamation of a boy at something as simple as a glue stick, God was present everywhere.”   Jones also reported that ...

Metro District to offer lay servant courses at Emmanuel UMC in Memphis in September

published 8/21/2017
The Metro District of the Memphis Conference will offer basic and advanced lay servant courses this September at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Both classes will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic Course Facilitator: Dennis Walker, district director of lay servant ministries Text: “Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book,” by Sandy Jackson   Advanced Course: “Discovering Your Spiritual ...

Rev. Richard Smith launches new ministry in Memphis: 'Urban Ministry Initiative'

published 8/21/2017
Urban Ministry Initiative (UMI) is the name of a ministry launched this year by Rev. Richard Smith after he retired Jan. 1 as senior pastor of Germantown United Methodist Church in Germantown, Tennessee. According to UMI’s website at, UMI is a “focused effort to galvanize more attention and action toward the inner city needs of Memphis and Shelby County.”   It “connects with frontline inner city and urban outreach ministries in Memphis” to “help the impoverished, disadvantaged ...

Trimble UMC supports local school with teacher meal, donations of school supplies & snack bags

published 8/21/2017
Trimble United Methodist Church in Trimble, Tennessee, hosted a "Teacher Recognition Meal" for teachers of nearby Trimble Elementary School on Thursday, July 27. In addition to the meal (top photo at right), members of the church donated school supplies and snack bags (bottom photo at right) for students, according to Rev. Brian Stahl, the church's pastor.  (Photos by Rev. Brian Stahl)

United Methodists of the Memphis Conference are called to pray for reconciliation & healing: Aug. 20-26

published 8/18/2017
A seven-day CALL TO PRAYER to begin Sunday, Aug. 20, has been issued to United Methodists of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Memphis Conference includes churches in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.   The call comes from David R. Reed, Memphis Conference lay leader, in cooperation with Bishop Bill McAlilly, the Memphis Conference Connectional Ministries office and Memphis Conference Board of Lay Ministry, to “pray for justice for all who suffer from hatred, ...

Witness and Invitation from the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops (The United Methodist Church) meeting in Atlanta on Aug. 17:

published 8/18/2017
"The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us grace to labor for." - Thomas More, UMH, 408 Serving with you in the Southeastern Jurisdiction (of The United Methodist Church), we grieve the violence in Charlottesville. We renew our baptismal covenant to trust and serve Christ, to resist evil and to honor all in the human family. We share with you our resolve to name, resist and dismantle racism in our churches, in our communities and in the world. As Paul writes in Ephesians 2:14, we pray ...

Team members sought for Memphis Conference mission trip to Mexico, December 27-January 3

published 8/17/2017
Spots are open for a 10- to 12-member Memphis Conference United Methodist "Volunteers in Mission" (VIM) team that will work in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico, from Dec. 27, 2017, to Jan. 3, 2018.   Laura Butkovic will lead the trip. During the week, volunteers will: Build relationships with local people through construction projects and porch visits Conduct Vacation Bible Schools The trip costs $1,200 per person. This covers flights, lodging, ground transportation, accommodations, construction ...

Metro District office is moving to new location in September: 1615 Appling Road in Cordova, TN

published 8/16/2017
The Metro District office is moving, according to an announcement from Dr. Deborah B. Smith, Metro District superintendent.   Effective Sept. 7, the office that serves southwest Tennessee United Methodist churches in the Memphis Conference will relocate from its current home at 3476 Summer Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, to a new home at 1615 Appling Road in Cordova, Tennessee.   “The new location, which is shared space with Wesley Senior Ministries, is situated in close proximity to I-40 and ...

Check out info and resources for churches to observe 'National Recovery Month' in September

published 8/11/2017
September is National Recovery Month. Churches might participate by:  asking someone in addiction recovery to speak during worship planning an event for the community to learn more To help persons on on the path to recovery from addiction: Share recovery stories and learn from others. Find out about and post recovery events in your community. Watch the Road to Recovery television series. Download web banners and flyers to promote Recovery Month. Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, and other...

Sept. 11: Deadline for churches to apply for grants in 2nd round of 'Churches Reaching Neighbors' awards

published 8/11/2017
Memphis Conference churches are invited to apply for “Churches Reaching Neighbors” funds in a second round of grants. Sept. 11 is the deadline to apply. Grants will be announced and awarded this fall to “local churches that are attempting ministry outside of their buildings in the community” to “build relationships with people” that lead to “faith in Jesus,” according to the program guidelines. The number and amounts of grants awarded will be determined by the number and quality of grant ...

2018 'charge conference' forms for 2017 church 'charge conference' season are now available

published 8/10/2017
2018 CHARGE CONFERENCE FORMS for the 2017 charge conference season are now available for easy download. Each of the Memphis Conference's four districts has its own list of required forms. Churches are advised to contact their district office for its list of required forms. Below are links to forms. Clergy Budget Compensation Package Report  Lay Leadership Committee Report (charge) Lay Leadership Committee Report (church)   Online using Brick River (Preferred, and much easier to complete) ...

Former inmate Bessie 'Doll' Dodd is keynote speaker for ten-year anniversary celebration of prison congregation 'Grace Place United Methodist Church'

published 8/10/2017
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS. Story and photos by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church ________________________________________________________ Bessie “Doll” Dodd was released from prison on June 27, 2016. While she said she was “glad to get out of there” after 35 years of confinement, she added it was “the hardest thing to walk out of those gates and leave my church behind.” The church Dodd is referring to is Grace Place United ...

Community 'Children's Consignment Sale' set for Aug. 25-26 at Germantown United Methodist Church

published 8/8/2017
The United Methodist Women of Germantown United Methodist Church (GUMW)  in Germantown, Tennessee, will hold its community-wide Children's Consignment Sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, at the church's Owings Life Enrichment Center (OLEC) gym. Many items will be marked half price on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The Children's Consignment Sale is a 28-year tradition of GUMW. It's an opportunity for residents to shop while also benefiting their community. Proceeds support local ...

Colonial Park UMC shows 'appreciation and love' for teachers at neighborhood school

published 8/7/2017
With the new school year starting, Colonial Park United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, recently showed its appreciation to teachers at its neighborhood school, Sea Isle Elementary. Members made financial contributions, prepared food, bought supplies and helped set up and serve a back-to-school teacher's breakfast (submitted photo at right), according to a report from the church.  

Heidi Geib joins Nashville Episcopal Area Office of Ministerial Concerns as assistant director

published 8/7/2017
Heidi S. Geib has been named assistant director of the Nashville Episcopal Area Office of Ministerial Concerns (OMC), according to an announcement from Rev. Tommy Ward, director of the OMC. The Boards of Ordained Ministry for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences are both served and supported by this joint office that has been in place since the 2015 Memphis Annual Conference when it was announced by the Memphis Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.   The OMC "guides the educational, ...

Attention clergy/spouses enrolled in HealthFlex! Here is important message from Treasurer's Office

published 8/3/2017
All Memphis Conference clergy and spouses enrolled in Healthflex must complete the HealthQuotient questions before Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, to receive a reduction in deductibles. | CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS Questions? Contact the Treasurer's Office  

'Flat Jesus' project encourages Heartsong children

published 8/2/2017
This summer, Heartsong United Methodist Church (UMC) in Cordova, Tennessee, has been encouraging children to take Jesus with them everywhere they go—literally. Dubbed the “Flat Jesus” project, children got to cut out, color and laminate a cartoon picture of Jesus. Over the summer, they took photos of “Flat Jesus” on vacations or doing fun activities and posted them to social media sites. Leading the children was Jenny Williams, the church's director of children’s ministry. Stephanie Behymer,...

Aug. 23 is deadline for high school students to apply for Memphis 'Conference Youth Council' (CYC)

published 8/1/2017
Click here for information about eligibility and how to apply.

Ripley First UMC hosts and participates in 'Eracism Think Tank' for its Lauderdale County community

published 7/31/2017
Ripley First United Methodist Church (UMC)in Ripley, Tennessee, hosted the first meeting of the “Eracism Think Tank” on June 6, an event joining community members dedicated to ending racism in Lauderdale County. Gathering at Ripley First UMC's Wesley House, 31 people participated, composing an interracial, inter-generational and interdenominational group including Adventist, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Episcopal and Methodist participants. Don and Charlotte Ammons, Mary Kathryn ...

'Boosterville' is program for churches to raise money

published 7/26/2017
  Boosterville is a program presented to local United Methodist Churches by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church in the July 25 issue of its electronic newsletter, The Ministry Minute. Boosterville helps local churches encourage its supporters -- or “boosters” -- to make purchases from participating Boosterville businesses -- restaurants, hair salons, pet groomers, bookstores, coffee shops and more -- who share back a ...

Earn online master’s degree/certification in Wesleyan youth ministry; fall courses start Aug. 14

published 7/24/2017
Earn a master’s degree or certification in Wesleyan youth ministry from Southwestern College. Learn practical, applicable theology from United Methodist scholars alongside other youth workers from around the country.  Courses will help youth ministers plan confirmation classes, youth lessons, and mission trips that are theologically sound while providing tools to counsel and lead youth. No travel is required for this degree. All of the master’s-level courses are online. Apply and start the ...

Heartsong United Methodist Church and Memphis Islamic Center celebrate at annual picnic

published 7/24/2017
Members of Heartsong United Methodist Church (UMC) in Cordova, Tennessee, celebrated with their neighbors at the Memphis Islamic Center for their annual spring picnic May 6. Over 700 people from the two congregations honored the retirement of former Heartsong pastor, Rev. Steve Stone. He officially retired at the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference. “It was an honor and a wonderful surprise,” Stone said. “But, I wasn’t surprised by the loving hospitality of my (Memphis Islamic Center) brothers and...

Lakeshore's 'Campamento Espiritu' (Camp Spirit) serves Hispanic children for seventh summer

published 7/24/2017
By Laura Butkovic, Dean, 2017 Campamento Espiritu  The building of relationships as Christ did when He was here on earth is exactly what happens when the head count is fourteen to a cabin and you are faced with the reality of talking to others without the comfort of home. Living the summer camp life at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center in Eva, Tennessee, starts with devoted and compassionate leadership and spills into staff, resident counselors, volunteer counselors, and deans. This, in turn,...

United Methodist volunteers sought for criminal offender reintegration program in Memphis

published 7/24/2017
The Mark Luttrell Transition Center (MLTC) in Memphis, Tennessee, is looking for eager United Methodist volunteers to participate in its criminal offender reintegration program. James Armes, provisional elder in the Memphis Conference and volunteer coordinator and chaplain at MLTC, said many United Methodist churches donate to the center, but no United Methodists are consistently involved in this ministry opportunity. According to its website, MLTC provides up to 454 offenders with supportive...

Get to know your six university campus ministers; support & partner with them in ministry & service

published 7/21/2017
The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church (west Tennessee and western Kentucky) has six university campus ministries, also known as Wesley Foundations. The ministers to these six campus ministers got together for a photo (right) at the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference in June. Contact them for ways your church or group might support and partner with their students in ministry and service. Pictured, from left, are: Rev. Jonathan Lewis - Wesley campus ministry - University of ...

1,375 is official estimate of number of pairs of glasses collected by Project 20/20 during 2017 Memphis Annual Conference in Collierville

published 7/19/2017
1,375 is the official estimate from Project 20/20 of the number of pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses delivered by churches to the Project 20/20 table at the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference, June 4-6, in Collierville, Tennessee. Phillip Cox, a volunteer with Project 20/20, was set up in the exhibit and display area at Collierville United Methodist Church to receive the glasses that he asked delegates and others to transport from donation boxes at their churches and in their communities. ...

'Emergency Response Guide' reissued by 'Communications Team' for use by Memphis Conference churches, agencies, ministries

published 7/17/2017
The Memphis Conference Emergency Response Guide is now available with an August 2017 publication date.   This is the same document issued in August 2013, but it has been updated with a new cover and date and is being posted to the Memphis Conference website with password access.   Click HERE to access the Memphis Conference Emergency Response Guide. Any leader who has not received username and password should email request to   This document is for all pastors, churches,...

Deck & ramp work were completed at Reelfoot Rural Ministries by mission team from Lexington First UMC

published 7/17/2017
Lexington First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Tennessee, dispatched a mission team to work with the home rehabilitation program at Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM), July 6-8.   RRM is a multi-faceted social service agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church that serves Dyer, Lake and Obion Counites in northwest Tennessee and Fulton County in southwest Kentucky.   Bart Shaull, a member of the church, called the trip “successful” with participation by nine youth and ...

Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund helps three residents celebrate their 100th birthdays

published 7/17/2017
By Kristi Henson Owens Executive Director, Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund What a blessing to have experienced 100 years of life... to have seen so many things, walked so many miles, loved for so many years, smiled and laughed so much, held so many new lives in your arms and been able to share your experiences with so many. In 2017, Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund has sponsored three 100th birthday parties for senior residents living in Wesley Living communites. Ms. Gates, a resident at...

Mason UMC in Mason, TN, offered faith-based summer day camp to its neighborhood & community

published 7/17/2017
GLEAM is the theme for a faith-based summer day camp that took place July 10-27 at Mason United Methodist Church in Mason, Tennessee.   GLEAM stands for “Growing, Learning, Expressing All of Me.”   According to Dr. Mark Matheny, retired Memphis Conference clergy and representative of United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC) of Memphis, 15 students were enrolled with the support of 9 adult volunteers, directed by Sha’te Tolliver of Mason.   “This is the inaugural program of Mason Initiative ...

Mission team from Antioch UMC in Springville, TN, serves 'Reelfoot Rural Ministries' by building a ramp as part of agency's 'home rehabilitation program'

published 7/17/2017
Five teenage youth  and three adults from Antioch United Methodist Church in Springville, Tennessee, traveled to Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) in Obion, Tennessee, this month for their first short-term Christian service mission trip.   RRM is a multi-faceted social service agency of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church that serves Dyer, Lake and Obion Counites in northwest Tennessee and Fulton County in southwest Kentucky.   Before their departure to work the week of July 10 ...

Five missional agencies issue statement-appeal for Memphis Conference to ‘multiply talents together’

published 7/14/2017
Representatives of the five missional agencies of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church came together this spring and summer in what they call “a spirit of unity” to “prayerfully work together” to meet the financial and other needs of their individual and collective ministries.   Together they are asking churches and individuals of the Memphis Conference not just for ongoing financial support, but also for prayers and committed volunteers for their many ministries across west ...

Chitwood asks Memphis Conference churches to hold July 12 'time of prayer for health care reform'

published 7/10/2017
Memphis Conference churches are being asked to hold “a time of prayer for health care reform” on Wednesday, July 12, by Rev. Larry Chitwood, pastor of Bolton and Macedonia United Methodist Churches in the Metro District and the Memphis Conference's Peace with Justice advocate.   “If your church has regular Wednesday services, would you please consider adding a time of prayer for this extremely important and urgent justice issue?” Chitwood asks.   For congregations that do not meet on Wednesday,...

New 'Continuing Formation' policy & manual for Memphis Conference clergy go into effect Jan. 1

published 7/10/2017
An updated "Continuing Formation" policy and manual created by the Continuing Formation Team of the Memphis Conference Board of Ministry will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.   The policy and manual will direct clergy along a path of education and spiritual growth, according to Rev. Lora Jean Gowan, pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, who coordinated the project for the Board of Ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. The updated policy and ...

Three young adults among team of four from Memphis Conference headed to Central Africa

published 7/10/2017
A group of four people from the Memphis Conference are part of the 2017 Nashville Episcopal Area mission trip team to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa this month. They will be gone July 12-26. Rev. Randy Cooper of Martin First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Martin, Tennessee, leads the group that includes three young adults: Erin Marie Bell and Michaela Johnson, also of Martin First UMC and Shelby Johnston of the Wesley Foundation (campus ministry) at University of ...

Memphis Conference youth learn, worship, serve at events like June 3-4 'Youth Annual Gathering'

published 7/5/2017
By Hope Cody, Memphis Conference Youth Council   It is often said that the youth are the future of the church. As a young person, I have always resented this statement. We are not waiting for our time, we are acting now; therefore, we are not the future of the church, but the present. Youth are a vital part of congregations all across the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, and though many of you heard about the 2017 Memphis Annual Conference in June in Collierville, Tennessee, ...

SLI: Here is info about Memphis Conference method for developing spiritual leaders & leading ministries

published 6/27/2017
By Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications SLI is a three-letter abbreviation that has been heard in the Memphis Conference now for about five years.The bishop and cabinet, districts, Connectional Ministries office, many churches and ministries have organized and positioned SLI groups and teams. And more are in the works. If you have not yet been a part of a SLI group or team or been introduced to its methods for developing spiritual leaders and leading ministries into new and fruitful ...

Churches asked to remit all 2017 'Lenten Hunger Offering' monies to Treasurer's Office by July 31

published 6/19/2017
The 2017 Lenten Hunger Offering (LHO) of the Memphis Conference wrapped up Easter Sunday, April 16, and so far $34,000 has been submitted to the Memphis Conference Treasurer’s Office. “I want to thank the churches for their hard work and dedication to the LHO this Lenten season. We are well on our way to the $50,000 goal,” reports Dr. Debra S. (Debi) Selby, who leads the campaign for the 2016-20 quadrennium as the Memphis Conference’s world hunger advocate. Selby encourages all churches that ...

Food trucks sought for Nov. 11 craft fair by United Methodist Women of Mullins UMC in Memphis

published 6/19/2017
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, are soliciting food trucks for a crafts fair at the church that will take place Saturday, Nov. 11. "The crafts fair committee is looking for Methodist-owned/operated food trucks to set up at our fair. We are soliciting from our (Memphis Conference) Methodist membership first, before going to the general public for trucks," said a June 14 press release. The church is located at 4 N. Mendenhall. If ...

Temple United Methodist Church feeding body & spirit 'one neighborhood at a time' with grant money

published 6/19/2017
When Janet Cyganek, member of Temple United Methodist Church (UMC) in Millington, Tennessee, described the church’s Free Community Lunch ministry, she cited the Great Commission as inspiration.  “The Great Commission says, ‘Go,’” she said. “We wanted to provide a free community lunch that would provide food for those hungry in body and to be able to share with those hungry in spirit.” Temple UMC funds the lunch ministry thanks to a $2,100 grant received late last year as part of the Memphis ...

Trinity United Methodist Church preschool in Paducah gets 'nosy' about poverty for Red Nose Day

published 6/19/2017
When one group of preschoolers put on fake red noses, they decided they weren’t too young to make a difference.  The Pre-K class of KidsThrive Preschool at Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in Paducah, Kentucky, wore the noses as part of Red Nose Day, a campaign designed to raise awareness about children living in poverty.  Rhonda Ash, preschool director at Trinity UMC, said each semester, the preschool adopts a service project. She said students have previously provided buckets for flood...

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